The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) is suffering a severe shortage of interventional radiologists, say senior doctors, reports The Guardian.

Patients are dying because of an acute shortage of specialist doctors to perform life-saving surgery on women after childbirth, victims of car crashes and other emergency cases.

An NHS-wide lack of interventional radiologists means that some patients are having to undergo major, life-changing operations – ending up disabled after a stroke or losing a limb as a result of diabetes – simply because they cannot get the minimally invasive help they need, senior doctors have revealed.